Having been around "church" my entire life, and having gone to a Christian College (whose purpose it is to produce pastors) I have to say that it is very tragic to watch people walk away from the Faith. I think the apostle Paul hated to see this happen too, and so he wrote to the Colossians:
And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness (Colossians 2:6-7; NLT).
The world is too seductive not to be intentional about following Jesus. How do we do that? Paul says that we are to let our roots grow down into Jesus. That happens when we devote ourselves to God's Word, which requires doing as well as hearing, and when we prayer. The prayer that must be on our lips more than any other is the variation of, "Your kingdom come, You will be done." Again, for Christ's will to be done it requires our obedience.
It is my belief that the more we obey Christ, the more we know Christ, and the more we know Christ the stronger our faith will be. Our faith will grow stronger because it will be based on experience as well as on belief.
"Anyone can attend church. Only truly devoted followers of Jesus can
change the world." - Aaron Brockett
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